With Democrats attempting to impede every move the government makes, it appears that the dissolute band of stallers has latched onto a tactic that does the party, and the nation, a huge disservice.
While the focus of the past few weeks has been Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s contentious confirmation process, Democrat lawmakers have been engaged in a concerted effort to stall the president’s nominations for key positions in the executive branch. Of course, they are not holding up these appointments because they believe the nominees are poorly qualified; it is clear that they are taking these actions to make it more difficult for the White House to function.
Just Keep Stalling
The Wall Street Journal recently published a piece explaining how the Democrats are holding up the confirmation processes of several nominees. These individuals include two assistant attorneys general, an assistant Pentagon secretary, and others who are intended to fill important positions related to national security, the state department, etc.:
“Democrats file cloture on every nominee, which kicks off 30 hours of debate even if no Senator is opposed. They figure if they can’t defeat nominees they can delay and consume valuable time. Democrats have forced 117 cloture votes – versus 12 in Barack Obama’s first two years and four in George W. Bush’s.”
The Democrats are forcing lengthy cloture votes by threatening a filibuster against each nominee. Invoking cloture stops the filibuster, but still allows the debate to continue for longer than one day. By using this approach against 117 nominees, the Democrats are ensuring that the confirmation process will drag out for an excessive time period.
Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell is pushing back against these stall tactics. Several Dem senators are at risk of losing their seats, and since they are still in D.C., they are not taking part in much-needed midterm campaigning in their home states. McConnell has offered a deal that would confirm more judges and nominees and allow Democrat leaders to return home to rally for more votes. Naturally, the Democrats have taken the bait. Now, what is more important to them, a principled stand against nominees they see as unfit or one more trip on the D.C. gravy train?
How Much Farther Will They Go?
The nation has already seen how far the left will go to further their agenda. They are not above using the government to promote their cause; and the fact that they are willing to stall nominees for no other reason than to stymie the president indicates that allowing them to regain control of the House and Senate is a dangerous proposition.
What if a disaster occurred because we didn’t have key officials in important national security positions? What would happen if relations with certain nations soured because we did not have the essential diplomatic personnel in place?
The Democrats have already shown they are not concerned with the welfare of the United States – their focus is attacking the president. Indeed, even unelected left-leaning individuals working for the federal government were discovered using state resources to carry out their plans. Their actions demonstrate yet another reason why conservative voters must make sure that the progressives are not allowed to gain power. But will the conservative base be energized enough to ensure that the left is handed another defeat in November?